Australian Players: A to Z
Welcome to the A-Z listing of Australian tennis players.
While some modern players are listed below, my initial emphasis will be on adding players from the amateur era.
Although some of the data in here comes from other threads (such as Married Names) - and thanks for everyone's contributions - the majority of information here is from my own research.
Where possible, each biography will contain details of birth, death and marriage and a summary of their tennis achievements.
"Italicised quotes" about some players are mainly from Paul Metzler's 1979 book "Great Players of Australian Tennis".
The Australian colony or state(s) which the player represented in their tennis career are also listed:
NSW New South Wales
SA South Australia
WA Western Australia
ACT Australian Capital Territory
NT Northern Territory
Over time I'll be adding biographical details to each of the profiles (I've only quickly done a few so far) and adding more names that I've overlooked today.
Any questions or corrections are very welcome. Please feel free to post any other information or trivia which could be included within these individual bios.
Anyone who is interested in Australian tennis and players may also want to visit these other threads:
There are also links to threads about individual players within the biographies below.
Agnes Ellen (Nellie) a'BECKETT (VIC)
Born 25 May 1870 - St Kilda, Melbourne
Married Frederick L KLINGENDER on 20 September 1895
Died 28 Jul 1963 - Malvern, Melbourne
1889 Victorian Champion
Marion Lillian (Lily) ADDISON (VIC)
Born 23 Dec 1884 - Glenelg, SA
Perhaps the first Australian woman to play at Wimbledon in 1919 (where she made the mixed doubles semi-final).
VIC Champ 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1921
NSW Champ 1910
SA Champ 1906, 1908, 1909, 1911
Lily's brother John Johnston ADDISON (b 23 Feb 81) won mixed doubles titles with her and was killed in service during WWI.
Daphne Jessie AKHURST (NSW)
Born 22 April 1903
Died 9 January 1933
Married Royston Stuckey COZENS 26 February 1930
The first Australian woman to reach the quarter-finals (1925), then the semi-finals (1928) of an overseas Grand Slam tournament in her only two overseas tours. Rated as #3 in the world for 1928, this was the highest ranking earned by an Australian woman until Margaret Smith (Court) in the 1960s.
She retired from singles play after her win in the 1930 Australian singles title, but won eight of the nine doubles tournaments she entered over the next two years, including the 1931 Australian Championship.
After giving birth in 1931, she won her final doubles championship in January 1933, playing with her dear friend Louie Bickerton. Within a week, Akhurst would be dead; the result of an ectopic pregnancy.
GRAND SLAM RECORD:
Wimbledon: SF 1928, QF 1924
French: QF 1928
Australian 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1930
City of Sydney 1926 1927 1929
Cumberland 1924 1925 1926 1928
German Champs 1928
"A strong runner and hitter, she was all over the court and could hit anywhere – and she knew the value of taking the net, where her volleying was adequate. In short, her opponents could not keep the ball away from her, and to top off her game, she had an excellent match temperament".
Susan 'Sue' ALEXANDER (NSW)
Married 1) Pedro RODRIGUEZ circa 1972
Married 2) Marcus ???????
Older sister of Australian Davis Cup star John Alexander.
Helen ANGWIN (SA)
Married Graham POLKINGHORNE 19 January 1955
1952 South Australian Champion
Had her best year in 1952, defeating Beryl Penrose and veteran Nancye Bolton on her way to the Australian Championships singles final, where she became the first South Australian to reach the finals since Kath Le Messurier in 1932.
The LTAA made a controversial decision to select Penrose ahead of Angwin for a tour of South Africa later that year. Her 1952 form gave Angwin a national ranking of #3. She was ranked #4 (1953) and #7 (1954) before retiring from the sport after marriage.
Martha Beatrice ANTHONY (WA)
Married Michael Howson WALSH on 29 March 1899
Six-time Western Australian Champion (1900-1908)
Youtha Constance ANTHONY (VIC)
Born 1905 - Malvern, Melbourne
Married (1) Edward YOUNG 1933 - London
Married (2) Douglas WITCHER 1950 - Melbourne
Played overseas in 1928 (including French and Wimbledon)
South Yarra Champion 1930
SA Doubles Champion in 1927 (with Esna Boyd)
AUS Mixed Doubles final in 1927 (with Jim Willard)
Audrey ASHFORD (NSW)
Esme ASHFORD (NSW)
Vera ASHFORD (NSW)
- sometimes referred to as Verna
Three sisters from Muswellbrook, NSW
Helen ASTLEY (SA)
Born circa 1933
Married Sherrard John (John) WARNOCK on 24 April 1954
A state representative in hockey as well as tennis, she played for Adelaide University's rugby and netball teams and was an excellent swimmer and softball player.
Annie KELLETT BAKER (NSW)
Died 5 June 1953
Married Bertram W. FORD 11 March 1911
NSW Champ 1906, 1908, 1912, 1916, 1917, 1918
QLD Champ 1908, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1920
In addition to her tennis successes, Ford represented her state eight times in ice hockey and won the NSW sculling (rowing) championship.
Emma Louise BEAUMONT (SA)
Married Richard Wilson RAGLESS in 1891
Marie B BEEGLING (NSW)
Married Clifford HENRY 1919
R/U Qld Doubles 1920
Dorothy 'Dot' BELLAMY (NSW/VIC)
Married Harold C PATTON in 1938
Margaret Ursula BERE (VIC)
Married Arthur T PRICE 1927
Eileen May BERESFORD (SA)
Born 11 May 1893
Married Harold RISCHBIETH
Vivienne BERG (NSW)
Sadie Beryl BERRYMAN (VIC/SA)
Married (1) Max Douglas NEWCOMBE 7 June 1941, divorced 16 May 1951
Married (2) Clive Malcolm ROGERS before or during November 1951
SA Champion 1938
TAS Champion 1949
MCC Champion 1935
City of Perth Champion 1939
SA Doubles Champion 1950 (with Nell Hopman)
Hester Lilias BERRY (SA)
Born 1 May 1890
Mary Renetta BEVIS (NSW)
Born 4 September 1924
Died 16 January 1981
Married Keith Ernest HAWTON 16 October 1949
At her best in doubles, she won five Australian Championships (and reached another seven finals), two Italian Championships and made the Wimbledon and French finals. She also won the Australian mixed title in 1958 with Bob Howe.
Hawton was ranked in the top 8 in Australia for 15 consecutive years and reached the semi finals of the Australian Championships six times but never progressed further. In 1955, Mary ran the eventual champion, Beryl Penrose to 8-6 in the 3rd set in the QF.
In 1956 she lost another heart breaker to eventual finalist Thelma Long in the QFs. Hawton won the first nine games of the match, then Long won the next nine! From 0-3 down Hawton staged a comeback and after saving match points at 4-5, led 7-6. On a crucial point, Mary missed the line by inches with a backhand volley which allowed Long to squeeze out a victory 9-7. In 1959 she upset top seeded Lorraine Coghlan in the QF, but her quest for a national singles title crashed in the next round. After leading 3-0 against Renee Schuurman she lost the next 12 games and the match.
Dorothy BICKERTON (NSW)
Married William Beverly SUTTOR in 1932
Louie Mildred BICKERTON (NSW)
Born 11 August 1902
Died 6 June 1998
Married Royston Stuckey COZENS 25 May 1935
Represented Australia overseas in 1928 and, at home in 1934/35.
She had her best successes on the doubles court but, on the 1928 tour, she only lost in singles to top-class players. On her return to Australia, she had a couple of solid wins over Daphne Akhurst.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Australian Final 1929
Wimbledon R4 1928
NSW Champs 1930
New Zealand Champs 1934
Metropolitan Champs 1926, 1931, 1933, 1934
Cumberland Champs 1930
City of Sydney 1933, 1934
Florence I 'Florrie' BLACKHALL
Married Charles J WALKER in 1926
Born 13 November 1936
Married J EMERSON
Vera BLAIN (NSW)
Married Martin WIBMER in 1912
May Caroline BLICK (VIC)
Married James Stuart MENZIES 23 November 1940
TAS Champs 1937
MCC Champs 1934, 1937, 1940
City of Sydney 1938
Lorna Wiloughby BOLLEN (SA)
Born 25 Sep 1900
Carmen Juliette BORELLI (NSW)
Born circa 1932
Married Brian Reginald TOBIN on 2 February 1954
The youngest of five daughters, Carmen was a good junior and club player in Melbourne. She was Mo Connolly's first opponent during the American's Grand Slam in 1953:
"Somebody had to be the first victim in the slam" laughed Carmen in 2003 "and that was me. It didn't take long (6-0, 6-1). They put us on centre court, which was a bit nerve-racking, because I knew it was going to be a disaster.
"I'd taken the train out from town. Those were amateur days, no cars transporting the players, and I had to take the afternoon off from my job at Slazenger's. Maureen was pleasant, but all business."
"I just didn't want to embarrass myself out there. I was 20 and had a Victorian ranking. I'd keep the ball in play for a few strokes, but she got all the points. The embarrassment came when I got my only game, halfway through the second set. The clapping from the stands was loud and long."
Dianne 'Di' BORN(SA)
Born 30 March 1946
Aunt of Australian 400m runners Pirrenee and Sheena Steinert.
Helen Aileen BOWKER (NSW)
Married Charles Joseph DONOHOE on 30 November 1938
Daugher of former inter-state player Dr Cedric Bowker.
Jocelyn Eleanor BOWMAN (SA)
Born 19 Jul 1904
Married John Richard Schomburgk 'Jack' EVANS on 4 April 1934.
Ada BOWNESS (QLD)
Married David 'Dave' LONGLAND in 1936
Esna Flora BOYD (VIC)
Born 21 September 1900
Died 13 November 1966, Dunfermaline - Scotland
Married Lieutenant-Colonel Angus ROBERTSON 11 March 1929
AUS Champ 1927 (plus 6 finals)
VIC Champ 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1931
NSW Champ 1923, 1926, 1927
SA Champ 1922, 1923, 1925, 1927
MCC Champ 1921, 1922, 1923, 1932
South Yarra 1924, 1925, 1927, 1932
Irish Champ 1925
Ostend, BEL 1928
Cannes, FRA 1928
Hyeres, FRA 1929
Cannes, FRA 1929
Gallia, FRA 1929
St Andrews 1935
Uniquely, she was a part of all three of Australia's international tennis team tours (1925, 1928 and 1938). In 1925, she starred for Australia with good wins over Kea Bouman, Didi Vlasto and Marion Jessup in addition to pushing Suzanne Lenglen in France. Despite the tour concentrating on team matches, she won singles championships at three overseas tournaments and made the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.
In 1928, she beat Molla Mallory at the French and played a significant role in Australia's undefeated run of international matches. At the end of the year, she was rated in the world's top ten.
In 1938, aged 37 and the mother of two children, she represented Scotland against the Australian women. She returned to Melbourne in 1940, with her children, a son Bill (born 1930) and a daughter Mary (born 1933) after the outbreak of World War II.
"She was of medium height and slenderness and based her game on a flat forehand drive that penetrated deep into either corner. She indulged in no slices or spins and her backhand was below championship standard – but judging from her results few could find it."
Gladys BROWNELL (TAS)
1921 Tasmanian Champion
Cherie BUBB (NSW)
Married Claude CLARK 1945
Lorna BULL (NSW)
Married Leslie UTZ 1924
Mrs Utz had success as a racehorse owner in the 30s. Racing under the pseudonym of 'Miss Lorna Doone', her star performer was 'Sylvandale' who earned her stakes of over £7000 pounds (equivalent to millions of dollars today) in the 1934 season. The horse won the Australian Cup, ran second in the Derby and was third in the Melbourne Cup, rare achievements for a female owner of the time. She later had successes with 'Billy Boy', 'Prospector'and others. Following an illness, probably heart trouble, to Dr Leslie Utz in 1940, he was warned by doctors not to watch races involving his wife's horses. As a result, Lorna sold her entire stable.
Joan BURKE (NSW)
Married David John CHARLIER 1941
Allison BURTON (VIC/TAS)
Married Robert 'Bob' BAKER 1946-47
Tasmanian Champion 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957
Robina BUSHBY (TAS)
Tasmanian Champion 1918, 1920
Edith M BUTCHERINE (NSW)
Married Vincent SL BARRY 1935
Marjorie May BYRAM (QLD)
Married Jack Stewart LIPSCOMBE on 26 March 1924 - Brisbane
Jennifer 'Jenny' BYRNE (WA)
Born 25 February 1967
Reached WTA Top 50 in 1989 and won two doubles titles. Finalist in 1989 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles (w Kratzmann).
Flora CAMERON (NSW)
Joan CAPEL (NSW)
Born 19 October 1910
Married Guy WILLIAMS at Barraba on 13 February 1934
Ailsa CARCARY (WA)
Mary Margaret CARTER (NSW)
Born 29 November 1934
Married Stanley John REITANO 1958
"An all-court and versatile game, with no strength, no weakness and a natural shot for every ball, making her pace from her opponent's shots".
Ettie GM CASE (NSW)
Married Edward TRAVERS in 1922
The 1915 and 1916 NSW Country Champion
Ida E CHAPMAN (NSW)
Married Cecil GARDYNE 1924
Mary CHAPMAN (SA)
1934 Adelaide Metropolitan Champion
Annie CHENERY (VIC)
Engaged to marry Captain John MacNeill WALTER circa 1891
Captain (later Major General) Walter was of the Devonshire Regiment.
Nellie CHENERY (VIC)
Married Ernest Henry GORDON on 20 December 1890 (in London)
Gwendoline M 'Gwen' CHIPLIN (NSW)
Married Harold Stewart 'Barney' UTZ 1920
Nancy CHITTY (VIC)
Ethyl CHRYSTAL (NSW)
Married Ian HAMILTON 1942
Vera CLIFT (NSW)
Married Basil CAPPER in 1912
Nancy CLUBBE (NSW)
Married RB FITZHARDINGE 1909
Constance Anne 'Connie' COATE (VIC)
Born circa 1917
Married James Gordon WILSON 24 August 1940
Lorraine Georgina COGHLAN (VIC)
Born 23 September 1937
Married (1) John Douglas Gair ROBINSON 19 December 1959
Married (2) Gordon Stanley GREEN 10 September 1990
In 1957/58, Coghlan had split the four most important domestic championships with English visitor Angela Mortimer. In the final of the Australian singles, she lost to Mortimer; the Australian's sounder stroke production just falling short against Mortimers shrewd tactical sense. Coghlan’s best chance of an Australian title was probably in 1959 but, top-seeded, she lost to Mary Hawton 6-4 4-6 6-0 in the quarter finals. Coghlan won the Wimbledon mixed doubles in 1958 with Bob Howe and the German singles the same year.
Patricia 'Patti' COLEMAN (NSW)
Born 13 May 1953
Eva COLLINGS (NSW)
Played overseas around 1912 and teamed with Sylvia Lance in 1920 Wimbledon doubles. Retired in Devon (UK). Sometimes family name published as 'Collins'
Edna Jean COLLISON (SA)
Born 1 April 1909
Kathleen 'Kath' COMMINS (NSW)
Louisa COOPER (QLD)
Married John Thomas GILLIGAN in 1867
Son Ernest John GILLIGAN (Queensland player) born in 1868
Erla CORRIGAN (NSW)
Marjorie E COX (NSW)
Born 1904 - Bathurst, NSW
Married John Herbert 'Jack' CRAWFORD 27 February 1930
"Husband Jack (Australian, French and Wimbledon Champ) once counted up all the championships she had won – city and country – great and small – and found that they totalled 75. He also found that was more than he had won."
Truda COX (VIC)
Married John KNIGHT (brother of Bill who was married to Peg Cowling)
Thelma Dorothy COYNE (NSW/VIC)
Born 14 October 1918
Married Maurice Newton LONG 30 January 1941 (Divorced 1946/47)
Overshadowed somewhat by her doubles partner Nancye Bolton and known internationally as the ‘Australian No. 2’, Thelma Long was unlucky to have only one international tour before the age of 30.
In 1952, Long won her first Australian singles title at the age of 33. Seeded 7 at Wimbledon that year, she took a set off Maureen Connolly in the QF, one of only two sets Connolly ever dropped at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
"Sturdy and strong with a matching solid all-court game. Serve, volley, forehand and backhand – her stroke-making was second to none."
Irene Estelle 'Rene' COZENS (NSW)
Born 24 May 1890 - Stanmore, Sydney
Married Henry James Ashburnham FORBES-SMITH 1919
Lottie J CRAWFORD (NSW)
Married Cyril H GIBSON in 1932
Sister of Jack and Marjorie Crawford.
Marjorie F CRAWFORD (NSW)
Born 1905 - Grenfell, NSW
Married Victor Alan (Alan) KENDALL in 1936
Flora Jane DAILEY (SA)
Born 7 July 1876 - Coromandel Valley, Adelaide
Died April 1952
Married Walter Tydd ROWE 5 March 1896
She did not begin playing tennis until after the birth of her son, Ernest T Rowe, who later became a champion player. In 1921, both mother and son won State championships. Flora was runner-up in the South Australian singles title on three occasions between 1912 and 1922 and, aged 45, was also a finalist in the Western Australian Championships (1922).
South Australian Champion 1921
Edna M DAKIN (NSW)
Married Noel G GARDYNE in 1924
Emma Jane (May) DAVIS (QLD)
Married Sgt-Major (Brigade Surgeon) Richard James QUINNELL on 26 June 1879 - London
Died 15 November 1932 - Melbourne
1889 and 1890 Queensland Champion
May Quinnell was a former resident of India who came to Australia with her (doctor) husband. A respected artist whose oil paintings had won prizes, May spoke six languages and was reputed to have introduced the game of badminton to Queensland.
Vera DE BAVAY (VIC)
Kaye DENING (NSW)
Married R BRADSHAW
MARY DERHAM (VIC)
Dorothy 'Dot' DIGGLE (VIC)
Married John DIGGLE
Dorothy T DIGHT (NSW)
Married George WR MILLINGTON in 1917
Violet K DIGHT (NSW)
Married Frank R KELYNACK in 1911
Dorothy PS 'Dot' DINGLE (NSW)
Married William Brace GALE in 1934
Gladys E DIVE (NSW)
Married Alfred GOLDTHORP in 1925
Grace L DIVE (NSW)
Married Bertie CARRALL in 1933
Sister to Gladys
Esme AM DODDEMEADE (NSW)
Married Bruce S DOWLING in 1926
Edith Lucy DOUST (NSW/QLD)
Born 1875 - St George, Sydney
Married Harry WOLSTENHOLME 1902
Died 1947 - Chatswood, Sydney
Sister of famous tennis player and writer Stanley Doust
Mary Louise DRANSFIELD (NSW)
Married Hubert A McLeod MARSH in 1908
Mary also had two sisters - Marie & Helen (Nellie) who also competed successfully in Table Tennis as well as on the tennis court. It is often unclear which of the sisters achieved success in events around this time due to the convention of only stating 'Miss Dransfield' in newspaper stories and results, but it appears that Mary Dransfield may be the better singles player.
Mary K 'Kitty' DRUMMOND (TAS)
Married James Leslie MCGOUGH
Eva DULDIG (VIC)
Born circa 1937 - Austria
Married DE JONG
Her father, Karl Duldig - a famed sculptor - was ranked in the Austrian Top 10 and also played soccer internationally.
Robyn Ann EBBERN (QLD)
Born 2 July 1944
Married Edward John VINCENZI 6 April 1968
Mary B ELLIOTT (NSW)
Married Grahame EDGAR 1928
Played Wimbledon in 1926
Norma Jean ELLIS (VIC)
Married Keith John (Peter) NETHERSOLE on 3 June 1955
Also an interstate badminton player, Norma had three match points against visiting American Julie Sampson in the 1952 Victorian Championships, before losing. She reached the Australian QF in 1955, beaten by eventual champ Thelma Long.
Born 9 November 1956
Married D BROWN
Reached SF of Australian Open in 1978
Madge Irene EXELBY (VIC)
Born 17 Jun 1931 - Clunes, VIC
Married Rex HARTWIG on 19 April 1952
Had a (slightly) younger twin, Jean, who also played tennis.
Gladys FARRELL (NSW)
Elizabeth 'Liz' FENTON (NSW)
Born 1946 - Temora, NSW
Married John CRAIG-ALLEN
Sisters Mary and June, and brother Alf were also top junior players.
Phyllis May FINN (NSW)
Married Lyall M MORRIS in 1951
Joyce Mary FITCH (NSW)
Born 30 March 1925
Died 26 July 2012
Married Reverend John RYMER 23 May 1951
Seeded 4th behind Brough, Hart and Bolton in the 1950 Championships, she led Brough 3-1 in both sets of her semi-final before going down 6-4 6-4.
Florence 'Flo' FRANCISCO (NSW/QLD)
Turned professional on 16 June 1938 - possibly the first Australian female tennis pro.
Dulcie Ethel FREUDENSTEIN (NSW)
Born 1898 - Picton, Sydney
Died 1961 - Sydney
Married James CORBETT 1928
Edith FREUDENSTEIN (NSW)
Born 15 March 1903 - Koorawatha, NSW
Married Albert HAGUE 1930
Dianne Lee FROMHOLTZ (NSW)
Born 10 August 1956
Married Claude Maurice BALESTRAT 26 December 1982
Jarmila 'Jarka' GAJDOSOVA (NSW) (ex-SVK)
Born 26 April 1987
Married Samuel GROTH on 3 February 2009 - Albury, NSW(Divorced 2011)
Daisy B GARLAND (NSW)
Married Arthur E FRANKS 1925
Daisy GARLING (NSW)
Married Russell WADDINGTON in 1926
Theodora Kinglake 'Dora' GARNSEY (NSW)
Died 1956 - Sydney
Married Frank GADEN in 1898
Birdie Louisa GATEHOUSE (TAS)
Born 26 October 1904 - Port Sorrell
Married Ernest BOND 26 October 1921
Eleven-time Tasmanian Singles Champion (1927-1942)
Joan GIBSON (NSW)
Married JA COTTRILL
Wendy GILCHRIST (NSW)
Born 17 May 1950
Married John PAISH
Jean GLOVER (WA)
Evonne Fay GOOLAGONG (NSW)
Born 31 July 1951
Married Roger Anson CAWLEY 19 June 1975
Australia's second greatest player of all time. In addition to her singles successes, Goolagong also won five Grand Slam doubles titles, including Wimbledon (1974) and also the French mixed doubles championship (1972). She is the only Australian woman to have attained the #1 position on the WTA computer rankings.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Australian Champion 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, Finalist 1971, 1972, 1973
French Champion 1971, Finalist 1972
Wibledon Champion 1971, 1980, Finalist 1972, 1975, 1976
US Finalist 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
TOURNAMENT WINS (include)
Virigina Slims Champs 1974, 1976
Italian Open 1973
South African Open 1972
Canadian Open 1972, 1973
Irish Open 1972
Japan Open 1973
NZL Open 1973, 1974
US Indoor 1973, 1979
NSW Champs 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977
VIC Champs 1971, 1972
SA Champs 1972, 1973
QLD Champs 1974
WA Champs 1972
NSW Hardcourts 1971
Flora Hamilton GORDON (NSW)
Born 1882 - Warialda NSW
Died 1954 - Petersham, Sydney
Married Edwin George PAGET SAYERS in 1911
Edna GORRINGE (TAS)
Married Arthur Owen BURROWS on 8 November 1933
Helen Florence GOURLAY (TAS)
Born 23 December 1946
Married (1) Richard Leon CAWLEY 22 January 1977
Married (2) William Timothy CAPE 26 October 1986
Judith 'Judy' GRANGEL (ACT)
Hazel Joan GRASSICK (NSW)
Born 1907 - Bega, NSW
Died 23 Aug 1976 - Killara, Sydney
Married Duncan HECTOR 1945
Annie Maud GRAY (NSW)
Married Leonard Percy MARTIN 1924
A country player who was rated #3 in New South Wales in early 1925 when the NSW Association could only afford to send its' top two-ranked players overseas.
QLD Champion 1921
City of Sydney Champ 1924, 1925
NSW Country Champion 1921
Dorothy Winifred GREENWOOD (NSW)
Born 21 March 1916, Summer Hill, Sydney
Married James Hector MELVILLE on 24 March 1939
Mother of 1977 Australian Open champion Kerry MELVILLE (REID).
Gwenyth Bernice 'Gwen' GRIFFITHS (SA)
Married Max Stewart FIELD 4 February 1937
South Australian Doubles Champion in 1930 and a singles finalist in 1933, where she pushed Joan Hartigan in a tough three set final.
Metropolitan Champion 1936
Pearl Josephine GROGAN (NSW)
Married Albert John FELAN 1944
Kerry-Anne GUSE (QLD)
Born 4 December 1972 - Brisbane, QLD
WTA Year-End ranking of #62 in 1997.
Lorna Gray GYTON (VIC)
Born 1884 - Hawthorn, VIC
Died 1953 - Richmond, Melbourne
Married Gladstone ASKEW in 1917
A formidable Victorian baseliner of the 1900s, who also had plenty of success in doubles. As well as her five Victorian Championship singles wins, she was a finalist on another five occasions. In 1904 she took a break from the game due to illness. She was rated the #2 player in Australia, behind the invincible Rose Payten, but it appears the two never played - despite both being their state's champion player for most of the decade.
Victorian Champion 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907
Eleanor Mary 'Nell' HALL (NSW/VIC)
Born 19 March 1909
Died 10 January 1968
Married Henry Christian 'Harry' HOPMAN 19 March 1934
Two Australian Championship finals were the highlight of her singles career and, though she played in a record amount of overseas Grand Slam tournaments for an Australian woman, she never progressed past R3 of Wimbledon or the French and US Championships.
In Grand Slam doubles she had more success, winning the 1954 French (with Maureen Connolly) and winning four Australian mixed doubles titles (with her husband Harry Hopman).
Australian HC Champion 1940
VIC Champion 1938, 1941
SA Champion 1940, 1950
TAS Champion 1940
VIC HC Champion 1936
City of Sydney 1932
"Thumb extended, instead of wrapped around, her grip remained Extreme-Eastern. She used the same racquet face for the backhand, in the old Colonial or Australasian style."
Jessie HALL (SA)
Married Rupert PELLY
Ellen Annie 'Nellie' HALLEY (NSW)
Born 1897 - Ashfield, Sydney
Married Frank LASCELLES 1922
NSW Champion 1920
Ellen (Nellie) HAMILTON (SA)
Married P Raymond BEGG
Anne HAMMOND (SA)
Married Barry J PHILLIPS-MOORE
Margaret May (May) HARDCASTLE (QLD)
Born 6 May 1913
Died 2 August 2002
Sergeant Hardcastle of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service during World War II.
New Zealand Champion 1939
Australian HC Champion 1939
Queensland Champion 1935, 1937, 1939, 1940
Exhibition Champion 1936, 1937
"Strictly a baseline player..and a remarkably steady one." (Dodo Bundy)
Kerry HARRIS (VIC)
Born 19 September 1949
Name sometimes spelled 'Kerrie'
Edna HARRY (VIC)
Joan Marcia HARTIGAN (NSW)
Born 6 June 1912
Died 31 August 2000
Married Hugh Moxall BATHURST 13 April 1947
Remembered as 'one of the most popular and gracious' of women champions, Joan Hartigan was the first Australian woman to twice make the semi-finals at Wimbledon. She first came to attention in 1931, winning the Australian junior championship and was selected to tour New Zealand and, in 1934, was approved by the LTAA to travel overseas to compete at Wimbledon. Unseeded, she beat the #4 and #5 seeds before falling to top-ranked Helen Jacobs in the SF.
Most Australian players at the time were fortunate to gain one, perhaps two, overseas tours in their careers, but Joan followed up her 1934 trip, travelling with her father (who was on business) in 1935. As a result, she again made the Wimbledon semi-finals, beating top-seeded Dorothy Round before falling to the legendary Helen Wills-Moody. As a result of these fine performances and other tournament wins, she gained her second World Top Ten ranking.
Though she still enjoyed tournament success in England in 1938, Hartigan was not considered good enough to make the official four-member Australian team that year. In 1947, aged 35 and travelling on her honeymoon, she was still able to reach R3 of Wimbledon.
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Australian Champion 1933, 1934, 1936
Wimbledon SF 1934, 1935
French R3 1934
NZL Champion 1932
NSW Champion 1931, 1932, 1933
VIC Champion 1932, 1933, 1936
SA Champion 1933
NSW HC Champion 1940
City of Sydney Champion 1931, 1939
Metropolitan Champion 1932, 1938
MCC Champion 1933, 1936
Manly Seaside Champion 1934
Riverina Champion 1939
Killara Champion 1940, 1941
Scottish Champion 1934
Hallamshire Champion 1934
Hampshire Champion 1934
North of England Champion 1934
Scottish HC Champion 1934
West of Scotland Champion 1935
Surrey Champion 1935
"Joan was the idol of every schoolgirl. Tall and slender, she played for fun and delighted the crowds with her hard hitting. Serve and backhand were mainly used to put the ball in play or to bring on a forehand – which she then HIT."
Alison Crago HATTERSLEY (NSW)
Born 1909 - St Leonards, Sydney
A great all-round sportswoman; her older brother Harry was a top golfer.
Barbara HAWCROFT (NSW)
Born 13 October 1950
Kathleen 'Kath' HAYES (VIC)
Married Rodrick MCLENNAN
Emily HAYMEN (QLD)
Married Arthur ROE 1917
Margaret HAYMEN (QLD)
Married Charles CLARK 1928
Margaret HELLYER (NSW)
Married KJ BURSTON
Myrtle HERBERT (WA)
WA Champion 1934
City of Perth Champion 1934
Phyllis May HERBERT (VIC)
Married Alfred George 'Alf' STRACHAN
Adela 'Gwen' HILL (SA)
Born 28 June 1891
Married Lionel W HACK 16 March 1916
South Australian Champion 1919
Sydney 'Syd' Helston Stuart HOCKING (SA)
Born 7 March 1900 - North Adelaide
Married Albert Gordon BENDER in 1930
Frances Mary HODDLE-WRIGLEY (VIC)
Born 1904 - Brighton, Melbourne, VIC
Emily HODGE (SA)
Born 1 Mar 1871
Inaugural (1891) SA Champion, beating her younger sister.
Marian Isabella HODGE (SA)
Born 21 Nov 1872
Runner-up in the inaugural (1891) SA Championships.
Born 16 December 1949
Betty Lorraine HOLSTEIN (NSW)
Born circa 1939
Married Neal Grant SWEENEY in 1961
One of eight children raised in the New England town of Walcha. Holstein beat Mary Hawton 75 68 64 in a marathon QF of the 1958 Australian but was thrashed in the semis by Angela Mortimer.
Elaine Mary HOLSTEIN (NSW)
Born circa 1936
Married Robert Graham HIGGINS in 1956
'Girl without a backhand' - though she serves right-handed, Elaine hits forehands with either hand.
Alice May HONE (SA)
Born 31 May 1878 - Adelaide
Died 17 December 1953 - London
Married (1) Charles BIRKS in 1913
Married (2) George GOODHART circa 1926
Sister of male champion Frank Hone.
Western Australian Champion 1904
Gutha Joyce (Joyce) HONE (SA)
Born 7 Aug 1908
Emily Jane Lucy Harding HOOD (QLD)
Born 6 May 1910 - Hemmant, QLD
Died 9 October 1980
Married Victor Clyde WESTACOTT 20 August 1930
Troubled by illness, including a nervous breakdown, through her career, she was unlucky not to ever play overseas, though she competed against British and American stars in Australia. In 1939, the Queensland Assocation agreed to send Westacott and May Hardcastle to Wimbledon, but a serious illness to Westacott's mother forced her to decline.
In 1946, after a serious operation, she was forbidden from playing tennis for a year and was advised to give up singles for all time.
Australian Champion 1939, Final 1937
Australian HC Champion 1938
Qld Champion 1932, 1934, 1938
Qld HC Champion 1934, 1937, 1939
Exhibition Champion 1934
"Known as the "Doboy Demon" she was "a typical Queenslander, rangy, sun-tanned and loose-limbed. She loved to thrash a high-bouncing ball with her Western forehand and her daring play was heartily appreciated"."
Florence HORTON (QLD)
Phoebe HOWITT (VIC)
Born 1872 - Melbourne
Married William Rupert CATER 1899
Died 30 December 1917
Won six consecutive Victorian Championships from 1896 to 1900 and held the NSW title for three successive years.
Eileen HUGHES (VIC)
Linda V HUGHES (NSW)
Married Herbert Vindin BETTS in 1927
Dr Ella Margaret HUNT (VIC)
Married Clarence FURZER 1939
Lesley HUNT (WA)
Born 29 May 1950
Married (1) Jim HAMBEUCHEN
Married (2) G REVYDAVY
Keyden Ethel IRVING (QLD)
Born 14 Jan 1894 - Toowong
Died 27 Mar 1984 - Gold Coast, Qld
Enid IRWIN (NSW)
Michelle JAGGARD (NSW)
Born 6 May 1969
Married Gershwin LAI 21 March 1992
Doris JENKINS (NSW)
Phyllis JILLETT (TAS)
- family name sometimes published as 'Gillett'
Three-times runner-up to Birdie Bond in the Tasmanian Championships.
Mary JB JOHNSON (NSW)
Married Harold C COOLING 1915
Pat JONES (NSW)
Ada KEELE (NSW)
Beryll Elmie 'Beris' KELSO (NSW)
Married William James GILCHRIST 1942
JG KELTIE (TAS)
Married JA SIMPSON
Betty KELYNACK (NSW)
Married Reginald EDWARDS 1944
Ruth KENNEDY (NSW)
Alexis 'Lexie' KENNY (QLD)
Married CROOKE 1969/70
1967 Australian Junior Champion
Dawn KENT (NSW)
Married Rupert HARDINGHAM in 1951
Won the Hong Kong Tennis Championships in 1947 and 1948, when she was living there with friends.
Nion Thelma KENYON (NSW)
Born 1900 - Woollahra, Sydney
Died 18 Jun 1982 - Sydney
Married Marshall P ALLSOPP 1927
Ivy Sarah KILLER (QLD)
Married HANSON circa 1941
Margaret Alice KNOBLANCHE (NSW)
Born 14 Aug 1913 - Wellington, NSW
Died 05 Aug 1996 - Gerringong, NSW
Married Harry Nettleton BRUTON in 1936
Karen Mary KRANTZCKE (NSW)
Born 1 February 1947 Brisbane, QLD
Died 11 April 1977 Tallahassee FLA USA
Star of Australia's Federation Cup win in 1970.
Annie LAMB (NSW)
First (1885) NSW Champion
Sylvia LANCE (NSW/VIC)
Born 1 October 1895 - Canterbury, Sydney
Died (unknown, still alive in 1955)
Married Robert Rainy HARPER 28 May 1924
"A versatile player, never at a loss for a stroke to play. She had two distinctly different forehands, one an overspin drive for rallying and hitting winners and the other – little seen in those days – a sliced approach shot that she followed to the net, where she volleyed well. She had a good smash too."
Beatrice Helen LARARD (QLD)
Born 28 July 1881 - Brisbane
Died 5 April 1959
Married William CADELL 1908
Jill LANGLEY (NSW)
Edna LAWRENCE (SA)
Janice Patricia 'Jan' LEHANE (NSW)
Born 9 July 1941
Married James John O'NEILL 19 February 1966
"Her serve was flat and no more than medium-paced, but she was instantly ready to attack her opponent's service return. She played with good concentration, determinedly covering the extra yards across the baseline that the two-handed shot imposed on her. Her double-handed backhand was not played as a solitary king-hit since her longer swinging forehand was equally as good".
Roma LEMKE (VIC)
Married Keith WILLIAMS in 1950
Kathleen Jessie 'Kath' LE MESSURIER (1928)
Born 12 July 1898 - Semaphore, Adelaide
South Australia's greatest champion between the wars and ranked in the nation's top players until around 1933.
She first came to national prominence during the 1924 Australian Championships where she upset defending champion Mall Molesworth. She won her state championship in 1928 and was runner-up on another seven occasions.
Kath was also runner-up in the Victorian (twice) and NSW Championships and highly regarded as a doubles player, often in tandem with Dot Weston, her successor as SA Champion.
In 1930, while on a European vacation with her sister, Le Messurier played at Wimbledon but, out of practise, she did not progress past R2.
Her father, Ernest, was a champion athlete, rower, cricketer and (Aussie Rules) footballer.
Australian Championships Final 1932
SA Champion 1928
Metropolitan Champion 1923-1933
City of Adelaide Champion 1927, 1928, 1929
Ethel LE NEVEN (VIC)
Sometimes family name is listed as 'Le Neveu'.
Achieved fame in 1911, when it was discovered she was one of the three heirs, with her brother and sister in England, to a Canadian estate worth over £2 million (equivalent to £653 million today!).
Phyllis Irene LESTER (NSW)
Married Alfred R FOX 1933
Audrey LEWIN (VIC)
Dr Nancy LEWIS (VIC)
- sister Amy also played interstate tennis
Elizabeth LITTLE (VIC)
Born 3 October 1960
Australian Junior Champion 1978
Little's daughter Sally Peers currently plays on the ITF circuit.
Dorothy LLOYD (NSW)
Married Leslie S DUESBURY in 1921
Sister of Nell
Ellen 'Nell' or 'Nelly' LLOYD (NSW)
Runner-up in the NSW, QLD and NSW Hardcourt singles titles, she had her best results in doubles, including wins at the 1923 and 1926 New Zealand Championships.
Wellington NZL Champion 1925
Dr Jean LITTLEJOHN (VIC)
Jean, a public school student, became a doctor in 1924 and was later Senior Surgeon at the Melbourne Eye and Ear Hospital.
Iris LUCKIE (NSW)
Married Edwin E SEMMLER 1928
NSW HC Champion 1925, 1926, 1928
Mary LYLE (VIC)
Married EF HERRING in 1922
Joan MCARTHUR (VIC)
Maureen MCCALMAN (VIC)
Patricia 'Trish' MCCLENAUGHAN
Married R N FAULKNER
Edna MCCOLL (NSW)
Dorn MCGILL (QLD/NSW)
Born 31 October 1922
Married TE 'Ted' FOGARTY 16 February 1946
Name sometimes spelled 'Dawn' but Dorn appears to be correct.
Dorn's mother, with whom she sometimes played doubles, was Mrs John Francis 'Jimmy' MCGILL (nee Eileen Mary WARD) from 1921.
At 13, she won the Queensland schoolgirl's championship and later took the Queensland junior title and shared the Australian junior doubles title (with Pearl Stern).
She had her chances against eventual finalist Julie Sampson (USA) in the 1953 Australian Championships before losing 63 36 46.
Marjorie MCGOUGH (TAS)
Married TAC (Clifton) ALLENBY
1909 Tasmanian Champion
Mollie MCGRATH (WA)
Married Albert F 'Boyd' KING 1936
Western Australian Champion 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1937
Suburban Champ 1929
Coral Annabel 'Corrie' MCINNES (NSW)
Died 20 December 1985
Married Cecil BUTTSWORTH 1920
Australian Champion 1931, 1932
Metropolitan Champion 1930
Cumberland Champion 1931, 1932
"Strong and of medium height and built, she used an Extreme Eastern grip. She came from the NSW Hardcourt Association, where in addition to a sharply cut serve she had developed a strong downward chop as her forehand stroke. On hardcourts it was a reliable shot and she also had good touch with it. On a grasscourt it was a penetrating devil that skidded low, and as well Mrs Buttsworth used her touch most effectively and frequently played dropshots.
Mavis MCIVER (VIC)
Born 1905 - Essendon
Married Hugh Victor MCKAY 1926
Theresa Mary 'Dute' MACKINTOSH (QLD)
Married Henry Taylor MACFARLANE on 20 Nov 1912
Chrstine 'Chris' MATISON (WA)
Born 29 October 1951
Gwendoline 'Gwen' MCQUADE (QLD)
Married Daniel Joseph LUCY in 1923
May MCQUADE (QLD)
Beverley MANCE (VIC)
Married Allan RAE in 1951/52
Hana MANDLIKOVA (NSW) (Ex-CZE)
Born 19 February 1962
Married Jan SEDLAK 25 July 1986 - divorced circa December 1988
Constance Mabel (Mabel) MANT (QLD)
Born 20 July 1874
Died 21 March 1960
Married Eugene KESSELS 20 July 1912
Queensland Champion 1896, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1903, 1906
Ethel Maud MANT (QLD)
Married Maurice LEWIS 1908
Queensland Champion 1901, 1902
Norma MARSH (NSW)
From country NSW, she was the 1953 and 1954 NSW Junior Doubles Champion (with Allison Paech). She was still winning veteran's events into the 1990s.
Doris 'Dot' MAUGER (VIC)
1939 Victorian HC Champion
Ellen Montgomerie Mayne (VIC)
Born 10 October 1860 in Nynere Tal (modern Nainital), India.
Died 10 October 1955 in Shaldon, Devon, England
Daughter of Major Robert Graham Mayne, a British officer serving in India, and Eliza Ann Landale. The Mayne family, of Scottish origin, served in the British army for several generations in India. The death of Ellen’s father in 1865 probably prompted the family to move back to Australia, as Eliza had been born in Tasmania. Ship records indicate they landed in Melbourne in 1875, where Ellen lived for the next 20 years.
Ellen may have started to play tennis as early as 1881. At a cavalry ball that year she appeared in costume described as “lawn tennis.”. At some point in the 1880s she moved to the state of Victoria and from 1886 until late 1893 won the New South Wales and Victorian state title several times over. In fact she either won or was in finalist in those two events every year during that time.
In December of 1893 Ellen moved to India to live with her brother Colonel Mayne. It is uncertain which brother this was exactly, as two of her her brothers were colonels there; Richard Charles Graham Mayne (1852-1939) and George Nesbitt Mayne (1854-1932). She lived in India for the next dozen years before playing in the London Championships of 1906. She entered Wimbledon in 1906 but defaulted in the first round without playing.
An 1911 census shows her residing in Surrey. She would live in England the rest of her life, with a visit to Australia in 1933.
New South Wales in 1887, 1889-1890, and 1893. Victorian Chmps in 1888 and 1891
New South Wales in 1888. Victorian Chmps in 1886 and 1892
In sources from her era she was listed as Miss EM Mayne.
[Thanks to Andrew Tas, who discovered her identity].
Frances Patricia 'Pattie' MEANEY (NSW)
Married August PFAFFLIN on 17 April 1933
Kerry Anne MELVILLE (VIC)
Born 7 August 1947
Married Grover Eugene 'Raz' REID (USA) 27 April 1975
GRAND SLAM RECORD
Australian WON 1977 FINAL 1970
French SF 1967
Wimbledon SF 1974
US FINAL 1972
Australian HC Champ 1969
New Zealand Champ 1966
NSW Champion 1976
Queensland Champ 1967
Tasmanian Champ 1969
Victorian HC Champ 1963
"Using a strong and short swing for service and groundstrokes she has little that can go wrong in her game. She is an Eastern player and has a penetrating sidespin forehand shot to her off-side, deep to her opponent's backhand corner. However, using underspin on both sides, she has a hard time against a net player of about her own general standard of play".
Anna MENZ (SA)
Agnes Gweneth 'Peggy' MENZIES (NSW)
Married Herbert J WALTON in 1937
Anne MINTER (VIC)
Born 4 March 1963
Married G HARRIS
Millicent G 'Millie' MITCHELL (NSW)
Married Audrey V MEMBREY in 1926
Alicia MOLIK (SA)
Born 27 January 1981 - Adelaide, SA
Married Tim SULLIVAN on 13 February 2011 at Coldstream, VIC
Sadie MOON (QLD)
Married KLUGE circa 1939
Sister of champion Edgar 'Gar' Moon.
Adeline MORAN (TAS)
Married Ross WILKINS in 1913
Dorothy 'Dot' MORAN (VIC)
Vera MORPHETT (SA)
Married Cleveland Stirling MATHIAS from 1923
Anna MORRIS (NSW)
Married Andrew V DOYLE circa 1905
Sara E MORTIMER (NSW)
Married Thomas H COX in 1903
Mother of Marjorie Cox, with whom she often played doubles in the early 1920s.
Doris MOUNTAIN (WA)
Married JG EVERITT in mid-1920s
Marjorie MOUNTAIN (VIC)
Married James TODD
Violet MOUNTAIN (WA)
Born circa 1880
Married V MATHER
Seven-time Western Australian Champion (1913-1924)
Orea Emma Hellas MOUSTAKA (NSW)
Born about 1878
Married Dr Henry Bullen BEATTY (1860-1936) in Sydney 13 June 1903
Died in Dublin Ireland 20 July 1959
Of Greek descent, the popular name Orea meant 'from the mountains'.
Member of Sydney University Tennis Club - she attained a Bachelor of Arts there.
Played in British Isles during 1900s reaching final of doubles and winning mixed at Irish Championships
Mollie MUIRHEAD (VIC)
Esme Fay (Fay) MULLER (QLD)
Born 4 November 1933 - Laidley, QLD
Married (1) ROBINSON
Married (2) COLTHORP
Five times a quarter-finalist in the Australian singles.
Charmian MUNRO (NSW)
Married Jim LITCHFIELD
Twice junior hard-court champion of NSW
Maud Margaret 'Mall' MUTCH (QLD/NSW)
Died 9 July 1985
Married Bevil Hugh MOLESWORTH
Australian Champion 1922, 1923, Final 1934
NSW Champion 1919, 1921
Victorian Champion 1920
SA Champion 1920
Queensland Champion 1922, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933
Tasmanian Champion 1919
QLD HC Champion 1922
Killara Champion 1931
Exhibition Champion 1933, 1935
Brisbane Metropolitan Champ 1924, 1930
"Sturdy and strong, she hit so hard that she was the first woman to be described as playing like a man. She had all three modern serves, using slice to the right-court forehand, flat down the middle, and topspin to the left-court backhand. She volleyed aggressively and had a full-swimming and slightly-rolled Eastern forehand, and on top of this was the famous Mall Molesworth backhand and its stream of outright winners. She liked to play this shot from somewhere above net height and hit it fast and flat, consciously making full use of her left arm as well (for balance and power, that is, and not as any form of two-hander)."
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